How to Save Music as an MP3?

by Jason Gordon

MP3 is an acronym for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, a popular file format for digital music because of its small file size and relatively high quality. The development of the MP3 encoding is actually rather complicated and technical but for most, MP3 is synonymous with digital music and popular players like the iPod. Music sold on CDs is usually in the WAV format. Follow the steps below to save music in the MP3 format.

Insert the music CD you want to covert to MP3 into your computer's optical drive.

Open Windows Media Player. If you don't have Windows Media Player already installed on your computer, you can download and install it from the link in Resources.

Right-click on "Rip" in the title bar and select Format > MP3.

Click "Rip" to begin the process of converting the WAV files on your music CD to MP3s. It will take up to 10 minutes to convert all the files on a typical CD.

Find the MP3 files in your Music folder. You can change the folder Windows Media Player uses to save your file by right-clicking on "Rip" and selecting "More Options."

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About the Author

Jason Gordon is a professional writer and editor. In addition to online work, he has written for "Texas Highways," "AAA Southwest," "Glimpse," the "University of Washington Daily" and the "Dallas Morning News." Gordon's passions include animals, reading and finding the perfect pairings of pastry and espresso.